During the historic flooding the parish endured last month, many of the area's parks were not spared. The damage was widespread, with the effects expected to carry over months in advance.
During the historic flooding the parish endured last month, many of the area’s parks were not spared. The damage was widespread, with the effects expected to carry over months in advance.
In last week’s Recreation Committee meeting, those damages were discussed. Director Rickey DeArmond gave his report on the aftermath of the flood.
DeArmond said that there was an abundance of equipment in the recreation department that was lost to the flood waters. Eight recreation employees had their homes flooded.
The total cost of the damages in the parks department is still in the process of being determined.
As far as the parks are concerned, Butch Gore is operational at this time. The damage it sustained was minimal.
However, many other parks weren’t not so lucky.
Roger J. Clouatre Memorial Park (formally St. Amant Park) received the most damage. The park was submerged under four feet of water.
The recreation center was damaged, along with the office building and all contents of the concession stand were lost.
They were just able to cut the grass at the park for the first time last week.
Stevens Park wasn’t very far behind when it came to devastation.
They also lost all concession items. All of their field lawn equipment and all items in the three storage facilities were not able to be salvaged.
Due to this widespread damage, fall ball activities in the parish have been cancelled.
DeArmond said that the fields are well enough for play, but the parks’ facilities are too damaged, and so much equipment that is required to maintain the fields properly was lost.
He said that the delay could stretch into basketball and flag football season as well, but that will be decided at another time.
The fate of the parish’s soccer fields is also unknown at this time. Some of the fields are currently dry, but they’re still doing dirt work on others.
Though fall ball has been cancelled, Chairman Travis Turner said that he is working with Programs Coordinator Michelle Templet to provide an alternative for the kids.
Turner said that they have discussed “doing an abbreviated schedule at no cost to the residents to give the kids something to do on the weekend—maybe playing on Saturday or Sundays—and find some companies that might be willing to donate uniforms.”